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Monday, November 23, 2020

Most Meritorious Player: 2020 Ballot

Here are the specific rules for this election:

Candidate Eligibility: Any North American professional baseball player is eligible for the Most Meritorious Player (MMP) award including players on independent teams. Voters should consider the player’s on-field contribution to Major League Baseball (MLB) team(s) in that season only. If part of the season was spent outside MLB, that value may be considered as well. However, the player’s on-field contribution should be judged in relation to the highest level major league, not relative to a minor league. A season may include playoff or World Series games but does not include spring training or exhibition games. No credit will be given for games not played due to injury, wartime service or contract holdouts.

Ballot Length: For 2020, each voter should rank 15 players.

Voter eligibility: All voters who did not vote in the previous year’s election must post a preliminary ballot in the ballot discussion thread at least 2 days before voting ends. All voters must fill out a complete ballot. Voters must briefly explain their ballot choices. One person, one vote; anyone determined to have voted with multiple accounts will be banned and their votes will be disallowed. The MMP ballot committee has authority to exclude any ballot that does not meet these requirements.

Scoring: Points will be given in descending order with the highest-ranked player receiving 15 points, the second highest 14 points, and so on until the last player on the ballot receives 1 point. The player with the highest point total will be named the Most Meritorious Player. In case of a tie, the tiebreaker will be number of 1st place votes. If the first tiebreaker does not determine a winner the players will share the title of Most Meritorious Player.

Balloting will close at 4pm EST on 2 December 2020.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If you have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 1 December 2020.

DL from MN Posted: November 23, 2020 at 10:22 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: November 23, 2020 at 10:28 AM (#5990813)
Voting is open!
   2. DL from MN Posted: November 25, 2020 at 09:44 AM (#5991069)
I've been looking over the data that doesn't quite make sense and have decided to just post my ballot as-is and let the wisdom of crowds sort it out. If you have never posted a ballot before, don't be afraid to in 2020.

1) Mookie Betts - adding postseason makes a big difference this year
2) Shane Bieber - best pitcher
3) Max Fried - my ballot is going to be very pitcher heavy this season. Bats were not very impressive. Postseason helped move Fried ahead of Bauer in the NL.
4) Hyun-Jin Ryu
5) Trevor Bauer
6) Zach Wheeler
7) Freddie Freeman - best bat
8) DJ LeMahieu
9) Antonio Senzatela
10) Manny Machado
11) Yu Darvish
12) Fernando Tatis Jr
13) Zac Gallen
14) Jose Ramirez - possibly too low
15) Dansby Swanson - this is mostly glove and I think Turner may have been better but it's just the #15 spot

16-20) Jacob deGrom, Trea Turner, Mike Yastrzemski, Dinelson Lamet, Corey Seager, Tim Anderson
21-25) Jose Abreu, Trevor Story, Aaron Nola, Max Scherzer, Ronald Acuna Jr, Brandon Lowe
   3. kcgard2 Posted: November 26, 2020 at 04:29 PM (#5991271)
1) Shane Bieber - Crazy good pitching performance
2) José Ramírez - among the best hitters in baseball and played solid 3B defense
3) Freddie Freeman - best hitter in MLB
4) Trevor Bauer - another pitcher who knew he could go all out all season
5) Mookie Betts - behind Ramirez as a hitter and defender, corner OF vs 3B
6) Yu Darvish
7) Dinelson Lamet
8) Fernando Tatís, Jr. - SS with outstanding offense
9) Trea Turner - same
10) José Abreu
11) Manny Machado - the Padres have a very nice core
12) Jacob DeGrom - led the league in strikeouts, but 2.38 ERA didn't put him near the "league" leaders, heh
13) Luis Castillo
14) Marcell Ozuna - flip a coin among 15 different guys here, Ozuna had a 179 wRC+ and played every game, then had an .875 OPS in the playoffs
15) DJ LeMahieu - missed too many games for me to put higher

16-20) Anthony Rendon, Mike Trout, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kyle Hendricks, Brandon Lowe
   4. MrC. Posted: November 26, 2020 at 08:36 PM (#5991278)
2020 final ballot

1. Mookie Betts 3.77 WARR
2. Freddie Freeman 3.30 WARR
3. Mike Yastrzemski 3-18 WARR
4. Jose Abreu 3.10 WARR
5. Shane Bieber 3.09 WARR
6. Max Fried 3.08 WARR
7. Chris Taylor 2.96 WARR
8. Dansby Swanson 2.94 WARR
9. Trevor Bauer 2.83 WARR
10. Fernando Tatis Jr 2.73 WARR
11. Manny Machado 2.68 WARR
12. Juan Soto 2.64 WARR
13. Lance Lynn 2.52 WARR
14. Hyun-Jin Ryu 2.52 WARR
15. Zac Gallen 2.43 WARR

Rest of the top 20
16. Gavin Biggio
17. Jose Ramirez
18. Marcell Ozuna
19. Jacob DeGroam
20. Zach Wheeler
   5. Cassidemius Posted: November 27, 2020 at 11:27 PM (#5991369)
2020 ballot

Tough year, although I feel good about Freeman at the top.

1. Freddie Freeman, 1B
2. Trevor Bauer, P
3. Jose Ramirez, 3B
4. Jose Abreu, 1B
5. Mookie Betts, RF
6. Yu Darvish, P
7. Shane Bieber, P
8. Marcell Ozuna, DH
9. Corey Seager, SS
10. Juan Soto, LF
11. Trea Turner, SS
12. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
13. Fernando Tatis, Jr. SS
14. Mike Trout, CF
15. Max Fried, P
   6. Michael J. Binkley's anxiety closet Posted: December 02, 2020 at 01:31 PM (#5992065)
2020 MMP Ballot:

1. Shane Bieber (22.07)
2. Mookie Betts (20.63) - NL MMP
3. Freddie Freeman (18.21)
4. Trevor Bauer (16.87) - NL MMPitcher
5. Yu Darvish (16.39)
6. D.J. LeMahieu (15.31) - AL MMPosition Player
7. Jose Abreu (15.23)
8. Max Fried (14.70)
9. Mike Yastrzemski (14.69)
10. Hyun Jin Ryu (13.82)
11. Dinelson Lamet (13.61)
12. Manny Machado (13.21)
13. Antonio Senzatela (13.05)
14. Juan Soto (12.48)
15. Zack Wheeler (12.42)

16-25.Jose Ramirez, Zac Gallan, Ronald Acuna Jr., Jacob deGrom, Dallas Keuchel, Fernando Tatis Jr., Zach Plesac, Kyle Hendricks, Marcell Ozuna, Trent Grisham.
   7. DL from MN Posted: December 02, 2020 at 10:16 PM (#5992188)
Election was scheduled to end today but I only have 5 ballots so I will extend another week. Anyone can vote.
   8. Qufini Posted: December 05, 2020 at 05:20 PM (#5992649)
Thanks for the extension, DL.

2020 Ballot

1. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves: 186 OPS+ and NL-co-leading 65 RC
2. Juan Soto, LF, Washington Nationals: 212 OPS+ leads MLB by a wide margin, -9 defense keeps him out of first
3. Marcell Ozuna, DH/LF, Atlanta Braves: 175 OPS+ and NL-co-leading 65 RC
4. DJ LeMahieu, 2B, New York Yankees: leads the AL with 177 OPS+ but only 50 games played
5. Shane Bieber, P, Cleveland Indians: 281 ERA+ in 77 IP
5. Trea Turner, SS, Washington Nationals: great rate (157 OPS+) and volume from a glove position
6. Trevor Bauer, P, Cincinnati Reds: 276 ERA+ in 73 IP
7. Jose Ramirez, 3B, Cleveland Indians: 163 OPS+ from the hot corner
8. Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, San Diego Padres: 155 OPS+ and 46 RC despite the late fade
9. Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox: 166 OPS+ and +5 fielding
10. Manny Machado, 3B, San Diego Padres: 158 OPS+ and +7 fielding
11. Mike Trout, CF, Los Angeles Angels: 168 OPS+ but an unsightly -9 fielding for the great one
12. Mike Yastrzemski, LF/CF, San Francisco Giants: 165 OPS+ and +2 fielding
13. Yu Darvish, P, Chicago Cubs: 221 ERA+ in 76 IP
14. Brendan Lowe, 2B/UT, Tampa Bay Rays: 152 OPS+ while playing all over the field
15. Tim Anderson, SS, Chicago White Sox: 141 OPS+ and +3 fielding at short

16. Mookie Betts, RF, Los Angeles Dodgers: not enough offense from a corner position to crack the ballot
17. Bryce Harper, RF, Washington Nationals
18. Nelson Cruz, DH, Minnesota Twins
19. Trevor Story, SS, Colorado Rockies
20. Dallas Keuchel, P, Chicago White Sox
   9. DL from MN Posted: December 05, 2020 at 06:28 PM (#5992667)
Qufini - you have two #5s. I am counting Trea turner as #6, sliding everyone down a spot and kicking Tim Anderson off the ballot. You can change it if you want.
   10. Qufini Posted: December 06, 2020 at 01:17 PM (#5992752)
Good catch, DL. Yes, that would be the correct fix. Thank you.
   11. DL from MN Posted: December 09, 2020 at 04:02 PM (#5993411)
election is over

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